It didn’t come in a controversial tweet, but embattled President Donald Trump may have found one Father’s Day subject that won’t get him in trouble: How men should behave for “longer, healthier lives.”
The 71-year-0ld father of five, who also has eight grandchildren, is sometimes criticized by opponents and late-night comics for being a bit overweight and sporting odd-colored hair. But he was serious in a somber statement from the White House with health advice for Father’s Day.
As Men’s Health Week concludes Sunday, Trump urged “all fathers, brothers, and sons to prioritize their health and well-being by learning more about preventative health practices and steps they can take to live longer, healthier lives.”
“Even with tremendous recent advances in technology and health care, many men still face a broad range of distinctive health issues,” Trump said.
“The life expectancy for men in the United States is about five years shorter than for women. Many men visit their health care providers less frequently than women. One in three American men suffers from a condition related to cardiovascular disease, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a list of steps men can take each day to improve their health:
— Sleeping seven to nine hours a night. Insufficient sleep is associated with such chronic diseases as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression;
— Quitting smoking;
— Doing at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups — legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms — on two or more days a week;
— Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day;
— Taming stress, avoiding drugs and alcohol, finding support, connecting socially and staying active;
— Paying attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst and problems with urination;
— Keeping track of numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body mass index; and
— Getting vaccinated.
–Staff and wire services
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